Sunday, July 17, 2016

Inspiration: Chris Roberts-Antieau

While in Baltimore this weekend, I went on my second visit to the American Visionary Art Museum which is one of my absolute favorite places. Some art museums are more inspiring than others, but visiting the AVAM left me feeling refueled. Of all the work that I saw, my new favorite artist is Chris Robert-Antieau. She's a textile artist whose work is a mixture of applique, embroidery, quilting, and collage and it's all just incredible.

Seriously these pictures don't do her work justice! The texture and pattern achieved through her layers of fabric and stitching are what really make her work special, but I couldn't help but share. Her gallery is in New Orleans and I'm praying maybe one day she'll offer some kind of workshop or event that I can attend. Click here to see The Antieau Gallery Website.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Shop Is Back!

Some of you may remember that the whole reason I started this blog years ago was because of my Etsy shop. Since that time my shop was shut down to focus on my "real job" and I continued this blog just for funsies. Well...several months ago I found a huge box of jewelry from my shop and have just sort of been sitting with it and trying to decide what to do with it. The thought of simply donating it to Goodwill has certainly crossed my mind as I wasn't sure of whether or not it would be worth all the effort to get back into the game. After thinking about it for a while, I decided that now is the perfect time to reopen the shop. I'm in a major transition period in my life as I continue to settle into life in Texas, working on growing my new business, and have so many new things in my life. It feels good to reopen the shop and get back to something that is familiar and enjoyable. For now everything being listed is purely stuff I had made and have leftover from a few years ago...and there's *a lot* of it. Eventually, I may dabble into testing out new products like maybe some fabric dolls?! For now it's just some oldies-but-goodies and maybe a way to help bring in some extra money as Made With Moxie gets its legs under it.

You can check it out here! I still have a few bags to sort through so new items will be added regularly!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Made

Since my swap partner finally received her package yesterday, I can safely share what I made! My partner was Trisha from Yankee Rose Creations. Once I chatted with her a bit, I found out she is opening a new art space called Strange Days Creative Arts Center and that her swap item would be on display there. That's when I decided to make her a wall hanging using some Frida fabric I had as the jumping off point.

I combined applique, quilting techniques, and acrylic paint to complete the wall hanging. I really love mixed media and with something decorative you can try so many things! The base of the hanging is fabric with thick interfacing in between. The red border is a standard binding similar to what would be on a quilt.

Trisha said her favorite quote from Frida was "pies, para que los quiero si tengo alas para volar" which translates to "feet, why do I need you if I have wings to fly." I wanted to incorporate the meaning from the quote as well as elements from Frida's work which is why I included the bird as well as the ribbon/banner. Frida's painting were inspired by religious retablos and often had banners or scrolls with text within the paintings. The skeleton Frida was a nod to several things, specifically, the Two Fridas painting as well as Dia de los Muertos.

The back was simple and lined with a contrasting fabric just to sort of make everything feel sealed and finished.

My original plan was to focus on the wall hanging, but I had a bit of extra Frida fabric and I wanted to send something just for Trisha and not her studio so I made her a simple Frida tote bag. The inside is lined with the same blue fabric as the wall hanging. The strap and blue pom poms were also items I already had at home. It was a quick and simple add on, but I still think it's a cute little bag.

I put it all together with some extra Frida postcards I had from my trip to Tesoros. Overall I think it made a nice little package! Now that the swap is over, I'm kinda bummed! I certainly have more projects to move on to, but this was such a highlight for my summer.

If you participated, don't forget to keep sending in your photos so we can share them on Facebook and Instagram! And don't forget to like and follow us to see updates on everyone else's awesome items. To see what Lizette made, check out her blog here!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Viva La Frida Swap: What I Got

I was so so so so SO excited yesterday to receive my Viva La Frida swap items from my partner Trisha who is the shop owner of Yankee Rose Creations. Just in time for Frida Kahlo's birthday! Feliz CumpleaƱos Fridita! I received a fun felt pillow, crocheted doll, and a Dia de los Muertos bag! It was all so awesome and thoughtful.

My favorite of the three items she sent was this cute little Frida doll. I love all her little details especially her little cigarette! It kills me! If you love her, you can order one of your own here! She's so well made and she has so many other awesome things in her shop.

Look how cute she is hanging out with the Frida doll I made!!! I am so pleased with this swap so far! Everything that I have seen from everyone has been amazing and I can't wait to see what else everyone has made. What I made for Trisha should arrive to her in the next few days so my post will probably go up this weekend so I don't spoil the surprise for her.

Don't forget to like Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook to see all the swap items as photos come in as well as to get details when we announce our next swap!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Frida Favs: A Recap

As we come to the final week of crafting or shopping time for the Viva La Frida Swap, I decided to recap all the awesome stuff I've accumulated from the interwebs to share with you about Frida. I hope these posts have been inspiring even if you're not participating in the swap and maybe even taught you a thing or two about Frida Kahlo's life.

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Have a great weekend and stay inspired! And, of course, don't forget to check out Lizette's blog and the Bee Creative Swaps Facebook page!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Frida Frida Favs Pt 7: Frida DIYs

After posting some party inspiration (here), Lizette's post on free printables (here), and my own doll making DIY (here), I wanted to see what else was out there to share with you from other blogs. Viva La Frida Swap participants have just under 2 weeks left to finish putting together their swap items and I thought some good ideas with solid instructions would help anyone still struggling. Even if you've joined the swap and your project is under control OR if you're not in the swap at all, there are still so many fun ideas on things to make this weekend!
Frida Kahlo Nicho (source)
Pillow Video Tutorial. The video is Portuguese, but it's still very easy to follow! (source
Another easy to follow video for these cute earrings (source)
Ahhhh! I need to try this tutorial now! (source)
Floral Headband (source
This is about making a Frida Halloween costume, but there are some great ideas including these anatomical heart appliques (source)
Don't forget to check out Lizette's blog to see what inspiration she has to share to with you! Happy making and stay inspired friends!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Frida Favs Pt 6: Books About Frida

While I own a few biographies about Frida, I decided to see what the local Austin library had to offer while gathering swap inspiration for the Viva La Vida Swap. I haven't had a library card since I lived in Boston and I don't know exactly why but I am so impressed with the Austin library. I think because the library in my hometown had such a crappy selection that I am always amazed when I visit a library that has actual current books.

I was really pleased with how many Frida books they had and decided to check out a few that were photo heavy since I already had a few biographies at home. I ended up checking out three books:
The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self Portrait
Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress: Frida's Wardrobe- Fashion from the Museo Frida Kahlo
I Will Never Forget You... Frida Kahlo to Nikolas Murray: Unpublished Photographs and Letters

Her diary was inspiring and definitely one of the books I checked out that I want to purchase for my own collection. I found out her diary had been published in high school, but hadn't yet had to chance to read through it. It is a literally an exact page for page copy of her personal diary which is what I was really hoping for.

Seeing her pen strokes, her scribbles, her was really something. My Spanish is only so so and some of the text is scribbled and hard to read, but there are translations and some explanations/context in the back which is awesome. I used to keep an art journal in college and I stopped after a while for various reasons. A little later I started blogging here which has also been a great release, but it was definitely inspiring me to start journaling again. It's not really fair to judge it or rate it considering it's a diary and wasn't intended for anyone's benefit but Frida's, but that's what makes it so special. It feels like a little piece of her thoughts.

This is one that made it gasp when I found it on the shelves. I've seen a few photos of some of her clothing online, but I didn't realize there was a whole book of photographs of her clothing that was unlocked from her wardrobe at Casa Azul. Considering I can't afford a trip there anytime soon, this book gave me a little piece of the collection

The book has information from the museum director, the people who worked on restoring some of her clothing, and lots of cultural context and information about her clothing and the history of significance of Tehuana dresses. Several photographs show the outfits artfully staged throughout the museum which almost makes you feel like you're looking at a portrait of a ghost. At the time of this book's publishing, they hadn't quite restored the entire collection yet so I hope one day the whole collection is published. This book is REALLY expensive so I know...try not to spill coffee all over it. I have to say, if they ever finish repairing and photographing her entire wardrobe, I would totally spend the money on that.

 Nikolas Muray captured some of the most well known photos of Frida Kahlo including the portrait that was used for the cover of Vogue, but as someone who has looked at a A LOT of Frida stuff I love seeing the less popular photos. While her most famous photos are so wide spread for a reason, whenever I see something from Frida I've never seen before it gives me chills. This book had a few pictures that were new to me.

This book is great, but wasn't a MUST HAVE for me to run out and purchase. The photos are certainly incredible, but because they are some of her most famous photos it didn't feel as intimate. That probably stems from own desire to know her better as my knowledge of her life expands. There was also as a lot of information about Nikolas Muray which is understandable considering he was the photographer, but was less interesting to me. There were also some full copies of letters written from Frida to Muray which was neat to see Frida's personality and even some of her typos in English. While I'm not rushing out to throw down $25 on it, it was still an enjoyable browse and recommend checking it out at your local library if you can.

Stay inspired everyone!